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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Nico, 1988 (2018) Danish actress Trine Dyrholm channels the tortured (sometimes grimly funny) former Factory Girl in a bravura performance that depicts artist as monster.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B 84% Alpha (2018) Filmmakers often complain that critics and audiences keep asking for something different, and that when they get it, they reject it. Alpha is that something different, an unexpected shot of originality for summer fare.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 20% Mile 22 (2018) Though high-minded and slick, Mark Wahlberg's latest actioner is a predictable and at times head-scratching gumbo.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) As fresh as the female perspective is, as Skate Kitchen circles and swoops through the Manhattan twilight toward its conclusion, there is a sense of missed potential, that there are better stories to tell that were missed in the rush to drama.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Thanks to a terrific cast, who buoy the film beyond its knuckleheaded premise, Crazy Rich Asians is a satisfying watch but could easily have been much better.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
A-minus 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee isn't overbearing about portraying the KKK cell as fools, though not subtle either.The movie veers between the entertainingly campy and preachy.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
C 48% The Meg (2018) Audiences looking for a so-bad-its-good bit of kitsch will likely be let down. The Meh - sorry, The Meg - is so calculatedly flattened out for its Chinese financiers and market, that even the dialogue feels as though it's in translation.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
B 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Moments of Scotty are popcorn-spitting funny, thanks to Bowers' eagerness to dish: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor? (Yes, and yes). Cole Porter? (In multiples). J. Edgar Hoover? (Yes, in a dress). Dr. Alfred Kinsey? No, Kinsey just wanted to study him.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
A 97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Despite the foreboding title, Ryuichi Coda is an often-joyous film. We share the composer's wonder as he samples raindrops in a coffee cup, a violin bow across a cymbal, or simply sitting in front of his computer, creating hair-raising washes of sound. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
C 45% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon mostly performs as though she's on her own. It doesn't help that the comedy is sandwiched between numbingly violent and repetitive action scenes that leave bodies strewn across the screen.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) This snappy look at the divide between race and class in the Bay Area is fresh and exciting despite being messy and overly ambitious.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
30% Shock and Awe (2018) Reiner's ham-fisted newspaper drama aspires to be gripping like Spotlight but falls victim to the clichés of the genre.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A bedtime story for adrenaline junkies, a Jack-In-The-Box of predictable surprises, Mission: Impossible - Fallout rattles through its two-and-a-half hour running time like a runaway train.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Denzel Washington is superbly watchable, as always, but Antoine Fuqua's sequel to his (not quite) everyman hero story swaps smarts and arty aspirations for mindless violence. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
92% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) This deep look at the trove of films made by the Nazis as part of their propaganda machine is fascinating and also weirdly familiar in its output.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Caustic, sharp and funny as hell, director Boots Riley's acerbic take on surviving (just) in the contemporary business world assumes its rightful place beside O Lucky Man! And Putney Swope.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
A-minus 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Though well-acted, Saudi director Haifa Al-Mansour's telling of the famous novelist's life over-explains and under-delivers. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) Though ambitious, this documentary-feature hybrid, which includes both actors and the real-life characters they play, fails to fully engage or inspire much empathy.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Director Surya's feminist rape-revenge fable hits the bullseye even if it's more about grief than celebration.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B-plus 85% Upgrade (2018) A genre upgrade itself, Upgrade takes present-day technology - driverless cars, voice-activated home technology, and computer chip-aided spinal injury mobility, and then pushes those ideas to hair-raising conclusions.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet Darken (2018) This indie-budget CanCon answer to female-led fantasy franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergence is - to put it bluntly - bad.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
67% Paper Year (2018) Though more breezily poignant than deeply insightful, Paper Year has a savvy commercial snap in its portrayal of love coming undone.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
C 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) A museum tour of past thrills... At this point even the thrill kills have lost their shiver, objectively less frightening than a bucket of fried chicken parts.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
51% Superfly (2018) Though buoyed by some good performances and heaps of style, Superfly nevertheless scans more as a snazzy long-form video than a meaty drama. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
55% Tag (2018) With its bro-bonding themes and gross-outs gags, Tag recalls The Hangover films but with fewer laughs and a palpable mean streak.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet M/M (2018) The debut from Toronto director Lint is an ambitious erotic thriller that leaves us with a perspective not unlike watching insects couple and devour each other in a terrarium.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Esteemed director Denis' latest may seem like a frothy rom-com but it carries tremendous gravitas thanks to its source material and great performance by Juliette Binoche.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
40% Kayak to Klemtu (2018) For better or worse, this is the sort of issue-oriented film that teachers like to show to middle-school classes.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
88% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) As an archival record of the time, Boom for Real is fascinating but as an artist's biography, it's too narrow a window to be useful. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) If you seriously need a talking dog movie, go see Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs instead.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% RBG (2018) This conventional documentary about an extraordinary woman is elevated by the integrity of its subject.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
25% Breaking In (2018) Actor/producer Union's motivation to make this discount home invasion thriller is clear, but it fails to equal (or elevate) her talents.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
C-plus 68% The Seagull (2018) While there are no weak performances here, the cast is working in a vacuum of context. The Seagull, a movie about characters without a sense of purpose, suffers from the same problem.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% A Cambodian Spring (2018) A visceral, complex film that should come with a "For further study" list... ‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan runs with the theme of class paranoia that also fuelled Eli Roth's recent Death Wish albeit with less logic or panache.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
43% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) The best moments in director Fly's middling film are about character, not action. Yet it does go in its anticlimactic way to a place where thrillers rarely dare: the ethical grey zone.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) A beautiful, luminous film and one of the year's best.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
100% The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018) This modern-day western noir conveys an astute directorial presence buoyed by strong performances and music and impressionistic handheld camerawork.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
95% Zama (2018) Martel's confounding and brilliant fourth feature reaffirms her status as an essential art-house filmmaker of the new millennium.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
25% Eye on Juliet (2017) Nguyen's film offers an interesting concept but its execution is clunky, and it's woefully tone deaf. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
78% Indian Horse (2018) Indian Horse blunts the edges of a vivid personal drama in favour of an inarguably correct public service announcement.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The demon's favourite trick is to inhabit someone's face, stretching it into a Joker smirk before saying in a distorted voice, "Truth or Dare!" That trick happens about 20 times in the movie and it never fails to not shock.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) This strikingly well-crafted film is a return to director Ramsay's singular strength as a filmmaker: radical empathy for damaged, vulnerable characters.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B 74% Final Portrait (2018) Tucci seems content to focus on the conventional, the artist's self-doubt and obsession, without addressing what Giacometti saw in Lord or what he was searching for. Why is this portrait, which sold for more than $20-million, artistically significant?‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
A 93% Journey's End (2018) What might have slipped into cliche feels timeless here, thanks to Saul Dibb's taut adaptation and the cast's understated performances. Fear and distraction approaches theatre of the absurd, especially Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
C 73% Ready Player One (2018) Like watching high-speed drone footage, flying over a flea market, filled with outdated game consoles, posters, forgotten DVDs and CDs. It should be fun in a geeky way, but there's little humour and character engagement‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
49% Flower (2018) Its performances are fine - Deutch is sassy and vivacious and Hahn a reliable hot mess - but Flower never manages to justify its puerile premise.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
C 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Curiously old-fashioned, with Germans, Israelis, Palestinians and French speaking accented English. Particularly caricaturistic are Marson's Shimon Perez, all caterpillar eyebrows and sneers, and Pike, a pill-popping revolutionary with a faraway stare. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
A-plus 96% Foxtrot (2018) The film is less an indictment than a diagnosis of a collective pathology: Israel's cycle of violence and grief is an obsessive-compulsive dance, the "foxtrot" of the title, where you advance and retreat and end up exactly where you started.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018